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Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18)

This week: a rare peaceful interlude in the stories of biblical family life. [For tension and intrigue, see the accompanying haftarah, 1 Kings 1:1-31, in which David is dying and his throne, promised to Solomon, is usurped by another son, … Continue reading

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Hayyei Sarah (Genesis 23.1-25.18)

My mother would have turned 101 tomorrow.  It also struck me yesterday that today is the 50th anniversary of my Bat Mitzvah.  (Actually, we were still pronouncing it “Bas Mitzvah”).  Friday night, November 25, 1966, at Congregation Beth El in … Continue reading

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Hayyei Sarah (Genesis 23.1-25.18)

It’s a relief to read this portion.  No threat of human sacrifice, no sister-wife lies, no banishment into the wilderness, no Sodom and Gomorrah, no incest.  Yes, Sarah dies, but she’s 127, and the portion is called “Hayyei Sarah,” the … Continue reading

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